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Reluctant reader? Try a graphic novel!

by: 
Rachel, Golden Library

Do you always think of superheroes when you hear about comics and graphic novels?  Think again!  The graphic novels listed below, and many others, have nothing to do with Superman!  Some are stories on their own; others are illustrated retellings of books previously written in chapter book format.

Are you wondering what’s so great about graphic novels?  Look no further!  These help reluctant readers who might be hesitant to pick up longer books become interested in reading.  They can also improve reading development and comprehension in students struggling with learning language, as they provide clues through pictures as to what is being conveyed with words.

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Bake Sale is a graphic novel about a cupcake that owns a bakery and plays in a band.  His friend, Eggplant, invites Cupcake to go to Turkey with him but Cupcake doesn’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket.  Read it to find out what he does! This book also includes recipes!

Benjamin Bear In Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray

Benjamin Bear faces many problems in this book but he always comes up with funny and creative solutions for them.  For example, when Benjamin is washing his dishes in a waterfall, his friend Rabbit offers to help him dry.  Benjamin uses Rabbit’s fuzzy body to dry the dishes, instead of handing him a towel.

Binky The Space Cat by Ashley Spires

In this book, a cat named Binky thinks he is a space cat, though he is really just a regular house cat.  He plans to leave the space station, also known as his house, to blast off into outer space, or outside.  Here he will conquer aliens (bugs) and explore unknown places.  Will he survive this dangerous journey?  Read this and other Binky books to find out!

Goosebumps, 1. Creepy Creatures

This is the first title in the Goosebumps Graphix series, based on the stories from Goosebumps chapter books!  Here The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena are all told in illustrated format!

A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeline L’Engle and Hope Larson

This is an illustrated retelling of the chapter book with the same name.  In this story Meg Murry and her little brother Charles search for their lost father, who is doing secret time travel work for the government.  Along the way they encounter lots of interesting characters.

Find these and many more great graphic novels at your local library!